Programs and Events
Ladas Memorial Award


The Ladas Memorial Award was established in memory of Stephen P. Ladas, distinguished practitioner and author. Funded by Ladas & Parry LLP, this yearly award is presented in Student and Professional categories for a paper on trademark law or a matter that directly relates to or affects trademarks.

The student and professional winners of the Ladas Memorial Award Competition receive:

  • A US $2,000 cash award.
  • A set of Stephen P. Ladas’s three-volume treatise, Patents, Trademarks, and Related Rights.
  • A complimentary registration to the 2014 Annual Meeting. The student winner is reimbursed up to US $1,000 for travel to the meeting.
  • Winning papers are published in The Trademark Reporter, INTA’s legal journal.  

 Current winners


2014 Ladas Memorial Award Winners

Student Category Winner

Paul Kossof, JD Candidate (May 2014) and International Business and Trade LLM Candidate (Dec. 2014) at The John Marshall Law School – “The New Chinese Trademark Law.”

Professor Category Winner

Shontavia Johnson, Assistant Professor at Drake University School of Law – “Trademark Territoriality in Cyberspace: An Internet Framework.”


 Past winners

2013 Ladas Memorial Award Winners

Student Category Winner

Ukeme Awakessien Jeter
, Case Western Reserve University School of Law – “ICANN DOT-Anything: Rethinking the Scope of the New gTLD Expansion, Its Effect on Government Regulation, and its Impact on Trademark Owners

Professional Category Winner

Yvette Liebesman
, Assistant Professor of Law, Saint Louis University School of Law and Benjamin Wilson – “The Mark of a Resold Good


20112012 Ladas Memorial Award Winners

Student Category Winner

Sarah Hopkins, Seattle University School of Law – “Aesthetic Functionality: A Monster the Court Created-But Could Not Destroy” 102 TMR 1126 (2012)

Professional Category Winner

Mary LaFrance, IGT Professor of IP Law, William S. Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas – “Passing Off and Unfair Competition: Conflict and Convergence in Competition Law” 102 TMR 1096 (2012)

2010–2011 Ladas Memorial Award Winners

Student Category Winner

Michael A. Johnson – “The Waning Consumer Protection Rationale of Trademark Law: Over-Protective Courts and the Path to Stifling Post-Sale Consumer Use”, 101 TMR 1321 (2011)

Professional Category Winner

Anthony Fletcher – “The Product with the Parody Trademark: What's Wrong with Chewy Vuiton?”, 100 TMR 1091 (2010)